DHL is now known to be the leading and the largest shipment and logistics service provider in over 220 countries around the world. Unknown to many people, the start of the company is not as grand as it is now. Larry Hillbom was inspired by his experiences as a law student at the University of California. Due to lack of money, he ran courier duties between San Francisco and Los Angeles. After graduating, he decided to put up a courier business from his student loan together with his two close friends Adrian Dalseyand Robert Lynn thus the initials of their family names as thenameof the company, DHL.
During the 1970s, the company expanded first on the Philippines then Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. They were known to be the only courier company offering international delivery and overnight delivery services not until 1981, when FedEx opened its first overnight delivery services in Ontario, Canada. Despite being the third largest company next to FedEx and UPS, the domestic market was still very profitable for DHL.
On 1998, Deutsche Post is slowly acquiring shares until on 2002 it gained complete ownership over DHL and successfully expanded the DHL brand to its business divisions, units, and subsidiaries. The logo was then changed into the current red and yellow logo. The company continues to expand and on September 2006; DHL won a ten-year contract worth £1.6 billion to operate and provide logistic services for the NHS Supply Chain (part of the UK’s National Health Services). As part of the contract, DHL will open two new distribution centers scheduled for 2008 and 2012.
On June 2013, DHL opened its latest $105 million investment in upgrading and advancing one of its global headquarters in the US located at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), aimed to provide and meet increasing demands of their shipping and logistic services along with other global headquarters in other countries such as China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and Germany.
One of their latest ocean freight technologies today is the “Ocean Secure” where customers can track and monitor any opening of their shipments with the use of sensors through satellite transmission.